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I am separated from my wife for over a year now. Last August,

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I am separated from my wife for over a year now. Last August, the judge awarded me lost wages and reimbursement of my lawyer fees from my wife for court time incurred for false pfa's. This amounted to around $3000. I have no way of forcing her to pay. She is on ssid and also is working. In October, I was forced to give her $1200 a month in spousal support. It is payroll deducted from my place of work. Since this support goes through the court system, can they attach the judgement against her to these spousal payments so I can get reimbursed? If so, how would I go about getting this done? I live in Pittsburgh, Pa. Everything goes through Allegheny County Court System. Thank you.
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I am very sorry to hear about your situation. Can you please tell me if you have filed anything in regards XXXXX XXXXX $3,000 owed, or not - no pleading has yet been filed on this?

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Ely, no I have not filed anything since I was awarded the judgement. I had been told it would cost me more in lawyer fees to get her to pay. That was prior to my having to pay spousal support. I just think that there should be a way to attach this judgement to her support. They set us both up with a debit card which they deposit the spousal support into for her. Since I have a card as well, it would be easy for them to deposit the funds into my account.

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You will need to go through the collection process in Pennsylvania to get your money back. If your ex has real estate you can obtain a lien against the property. This will get you your money when the property sells or is transferred. More immediate relief may be obtained by garnishment of bank accounts, and or the forced sale of assets. Depending on earnings you may be able to garnish your wife's wages. There are more extreme methods of collection which can involve jail time for non - payment through a contempt of court proceeding.

 

Spousal support is not directly garnishable.

 

 

 

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Is the SSID subject to garnishment?

No, not in this circumstance. SSDI can only be garnished for child support, spousal support, federal government debts, school loans It cannot be used in this instance to collect on a judgment.

 

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